Children

Children in Worship

Children’s Sunday School Classes resumed on Sunday, September 15

Classes are held from 9:15-10:15 a.m. 

It is the time of year when children head back to school where they will grow in math, reading, writing and science skills.  As you plan for the fall, take time to help your children also grow in their Christian faith.  Make a commitment, as much as possible to bring them to worship and Sunday morning classes where they can learn about how God loves them and how He works through their lives.  We are delighted to welcome new students to our classes.

Children Kindergarten through 4th grade will spend the fall meeting Old Testament Heroes and how God is always with them.

The infants through Pre-K will play, sing, and learn about the same Heroes studied by the older children.  Parents should accompany children younger than age 2.

The Pre-kindergarten Sunday School Class from week 1 doing a craft and learning about Moses and the burning bush and classes learning about Moses and the Quail, Manna, and Water and how God takes care of all of us in week 2.

Youth Grades 5, 6, & 7  will be going to a new class for this age group and gather in the Youth Room on the upper level.  Miss Kelly is the lead teacher and has worked with Pastor Reep to develop the curriculum.  Plan to come and please bring your Bible!

Children’s Weekly Bulletins are provided every week for our children and their family at the same place adults pick up the adult bulletin.  These bulletins are designed to help children understand the Bible readings that are heard during church each week.  They are useful as talking points during the week and as part of your family prayer time at bed time or meal time.  Parents are a child’s chief Christian Education leader and should enjoy the walk together in faith with their children.

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

Presentation of Age Appropriate Bibles

Each year the Christian Education Committee presents our children and youth with Bibles.  During the Sunday Liturgy on September 15 bibles were presented to the children of St. Paul’s.  Infants new to the congregation received the First Stories of Jesus, a beginning bible board book.  Students entering first grade were given the Paraclete Bible for Kids, students entering fourth grade were given the Adventure Bible, and students entering seventh grade were presented the NRSV Student Bible which they will be using as their study Bibles throughout their three year Catechetics Program.  Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories.  It is important for us to honestly use our Bibles.  They should show signs of wear and use.  The Reformation of the 16th century encouraged Christian people to read and study the Bible.  We should encourage the children and youth of our congregation as they learn and grow in God’s grace.

*Nursery (ages 0-3) – Our families with young children can benefit greatly from the new nursery space on the first floor.  Please contact Pastor Reep if you are willing to help during the Sunday liturgy.

*Grade 3-6 – This class in 2018/2019 collected quarters to buy farm animals for families all over the world including our country.

For information about Sunday School, volunteer opportunities or joining a class, contact the church office.

The new youth room is working great when we gather on the upper level.  The room has been designed so different activities can take place at the same time.  We are feeling at home in our youth room, whether we are hanging out, having Bible study, playing games, preparing a meal, or making new friends. Contact Miss Kelly for more information.  Families will receive information for the 2019-2020 program when it becomes available.

Music and Art at St. Paul’s/formerly Creative Fun – This Tuesday evening program for our children resumed on Tuesday. September 17 at 6:00 p.m.  The arts component of the program is led by Kelly Moore-Spencer and the music component is led by Emily Reep.  The sessions break out as follows:

PreK-Grade 1 – 6:00-6:30 music w/Mrs. Reep in the Music Room, Main Level and 6:30-7:00 Art w/Miss Kelly in the Youth Room, Upper Level.

Grades 2-6 – 6:00-6:30 Art w/Miss Kelly in the Youth Room, Upper Level and 6:30-7:15 Handbells, drums, and songs w/Mrs. Reep in the Music Room, Main Level.

This year the Creative Art part for both groups will be designed around STORYTELLING.

Pre-K through Grade 1

 Each Tuesday a bible story will be presented with props, movements, costumes or puppets. After listening to the bible story, the children will get to create a craft that was part of the story. To help the children learn the story it may be told for several weeks through a different creative means. Some evenings they may even help to act the story out. Parents are asked to stay and participate with their children for this portion of the program.

Grade 2 –6

During the Fall session the youth will be using their creative minds to listen, learn and create the characters and scene for a Bible story from the stories associated with the Jessie Tree. On Reformation Sunday, there will be a Congregational Breakfast held during which time the youth will have an area where their bible story creation will be set up for the congregation to see.

Please let Miss Kelly or Mrs. Reep know if your child is planning on attending

Holy Communion Instruction, A holy Meal for Holy People – Communion instruction is provided for all children.  For some it will be their First Communion, for others it will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Holy Meal.  Pastor Reep will provide the leadership for this important component of faith formation for our

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Cherub Choir –  (See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

Vacation Bible School:  Who Is My Neighbor?  
Bible School was held Monday, June 17-Thursday, June 20 – Time:  9:00-11:30 a.m. – For Children:  Ages 2 1/2 (3 by September 1) through 6th grade.  During this fun filled week, participants learned about how God loves them and how we can thank Him by helping others locally and around the world.  Several service projects were completed by the children. We always can use volunteers to teach, decorate, provide and serve snacks, oversee crafts, and other activities.  Talk with Kathryn Garber, Nicki Herdson, or Patty Snyder if you are available to help and not just for Vacation Bible School.
Church Summer Camp
The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families.  Camp brochures are mailed out in the spring.  If you think your child/youth or family would be interested in attending church camp, see Kelly Moore-Spencer for a camp brochure and more information.  The camp brochures explain all the camping experiences offered at Camp Nawakwa and Camp Kirchenwald.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at  www.lutherancamping.org/summer

The Lutheran Camps offer–Christian Community, Worship, Daily Prayer, Making New Friends, Seeing Old Friends, Fun Activities, Adventure and Acts of Service.

The Lutheran Camping Corporation carries out its mission as a gracious expression of God’s.  The heart of that mission is to:  The Church, in a place and time apart…Where God’s presence is experienced, Faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened for the service and proclamation of the Gospel!  Our goal is for each child to experience the love of Christ!

We are encouraging all of our children and youth to attend a week of church camp.  Remember, camperships are available for our members!

While attending camp, faith is renewed and the fabric of the Church is strengthened during a refreshing outdoor experience with other children from multiple parishes.  The Lutheran Camping Corporation and St. Paul’s both offer scholarships to help with the cost to children from the congregation who wish to participate in outdoor ministry.

Testimonial from one of our families that did the Family Camp at Kirchenwald:  “In August 2019, our family had the opportunity to attend Family Camp for a half week at Camp Kirchenwald.  It is our second year attending this annual camp.  We find this camp to be a great place to spend time together as a family, to engage with other families in faith, and to unplug from electronic devices and connect with nature.  Our 5-year-old son loves camp too.  He enjoyed the many outdoor activities, especially the big capture the flag game.”

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4